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Russia in color, 100 years ago

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:07 PM Edited by DreamsLieHere, 28 August 2010 - 04:10 PM.

http://www.boston.co...entury_ago.html

Truly astounding. I can't believe these were taken a century ago!

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With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun. Collected here are a few of the hundreds of color images made available by the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates back in 1948.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:15 PM

We should all praise Russian technology, I one time saw a picture of a World War II Soviet POW camp in color and it was invented by a French guy, damn I thought the picture looked so good for that time.

But nothing compares to THIS!

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:17 PM

Those pictures are really awesome!

Here's something similar

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:17 PM

Wow, good quality indeed. Nice photos too. wow.gif

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:34 PM

outstanding

this definitelly blows up my theory that the whole world was black & white before 1950 sad.gif

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 04:49 PM

Love those pictures. I posted something similar to these in the visual arts section. I still think I have a strong liking towards old time photography. Like I said before, it gives you a feeling of a simpler time when there didn't seem to be as many issues plaguing the world.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:06 PM

QUOTE (SanAndreasManiac @ Aug 28 2010, 16:34)
outstanding

this definitelly blows up my theory that the whole world was black & white before 1950 sad.gif

lulz.

Very cool man, very cool. icon14.gif

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:38 PM

Truly amazing. It looks nearly unreal.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:48 PM

Very good i must say, But it's not just Russia, theres Armenia and georgia and stuff like that their isn't there?

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:50 PM

Quite good quality these are!

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 06:04 PM

Those photographs have extremely good quality considering the time they were taken in.

EDIT*

Just forgot there was a topic similar to this in the Visual Arts section. Here it is:
http://www.gtaforums...howtopic=450854

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 06:17 PM

I can't open that link and you guys screaming out it's awesome and nothing you've ever seen before better stop. Don't like it before I'm able to see it.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:38 AM

QUOTE (gtathebest4ever @ Aug 28 2010, 18:17)
I can't open that link and you guys screaming out it's awesome and nothing you've ever seen before better stop. Don't like it before I'm able to see it.

Works for me.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:45 AM

I love things like this. Glimpsing into pre-revolutionary Russia is fascinating, there was something very similar buy a WW1 French photographer which gave an insight into conditions in the trenches which I'd recommend checking out if you like this sort of thing. icon14.gif

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 01:48 AM

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHIES wow.gif wow.gif I like Russia, and these pictures and so interesting!!! COLORS

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 04:23 AM

Fascinating. They have very vibrant colours, at first I couldn't believe those were photographed before the first world war.
They'd look good on my desktop.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 04:44 AM

I've always wanted to see something like this.

I just assumed the world 'looked different' back then, if that makes sense. It's insane, the difference color makes.

Are there any pics like this, in America, of around the same time?

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 04:50 AM

Too bad my great-great-grandparents are not around. They would love seeing photos of home.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 10:53 AM

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Damn these are awesome. Can't believe they are a hundred years old. wow.gif

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:38 AM

f*cking awesome but I have one thing to say, and I'm probably not alone but here goes. Seeing videos of Hitler in colour seemed so out of place to me. These pictures are 100% out of place for me and in my mind they scream fake but I know they aren't. I'm sure I'm not alone on this.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:42 AM

QUOTE (SanAndreasManiac @ Aug 28 2010, 13:34)
outstanding

this definitelly blows up my theory that the whole world was black & white before 1950 sad.gif

In the 50's? Man... you need to learn more about History.

I knew color was around in the 1915's . Ive seen many World War 1 pics in color, most were french though.

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 06:04 AM

I can't believe that these photos are around a hundred years old. Most of them look pretty good though there are a couple of defects due to the colours not blending but what the hell these pictures are a hundred f*cking years old.




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